Kevin D. Rome

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Kevin D. Rome
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16th President of Fisk University
Assumed office
July 1, 2017
Preceded by H. James Williams
19th President of Lincoln University
In office
June 1, 2013 – June 30, 2017
Preceded by Carolyn Mahoney
Succeeded by Jerald Woolfolk
Personal details
Spouse(s) Stephanie Baker
Children 1 son, 1 daughter
Residence Nashville, Tennessee
Alma mater Morehouse College
University of Georgia
University of Texas at Austin
Profession Academic administrator
Website Office of the President

Kevin D. Rome Sr. (born c. 1966) is an African-American university administrator. He serves as the 16th president of Fisk University, a historically black university in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. He was previously the president of Lincoln University from 2013 to 2017.

Early life[edit]

Kevin D. Rome was born circa 1966.[1] He was educated at the Spencer High School in Columbus, Georgia.[1] He graduated from Morehouse College,[2] where he earned a Bachelor's degree in English in 1989.[3] He earned a Master's degree of Education in College Student Personnel from the University of Georgia in 1991 and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Rome was assistant vice chancellor for student life and diversity at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, vice president for campus life at Clayton State University, and vice president for student services at Morehouse College.[2] He was also the vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at North Carolina Central University until 2013.[2]

Rome was the president of Lincoln University from 2013 to 2017.[2] During his tenure, he focused on rebranding the school and recruiting students from all over Missouri, especially "better-prepared students."[4] In November 2016, he urged students to focus on building careers and pursuing leadership positions instead of protesting.[3] He added, "Despite slavery, Jim Crow, oppression, isolation, exclusion--our ancestors had hope."[3]

Rome succeeded Frank L. Sims as the 16th president of Fisk University in June 2017.[2][5]

Personal life[edit]

Rome is a lifetime member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. Rome has a wife, Stefanie Baker Rome, and twin children; son, Kevin and daughter Kendel.[4] "He met wife on a blind date in Los Angeles, where he traveled be a contestant on TV game show "Wheel of Fortune" and won $5,000 in 2000."[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rice, Mark (July 28, 2013). "Spencer High graduate rises from Columbus public housing to college president". Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Fisk names new president". Nashville Post. March 23, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Swisher, Kaija (November 8, 2016). "'Leading Beyond Anger'. Lincoln University president discusses action, commitment to making change". The Black Hills Pioneer. Spearfish, South Dakota. pp. 3, 9. Retrieved December 8, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. (Registration required (help)).
  4. ^ a b King, Chris (June 12, 2014). "Rebranding Lincoln University". St. Louis American. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  5. ^ "Dr. Kevin D. Rome, Sr. Named 16th President of Fisk University". Fisk University. March 23, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.